The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Whitewater River Project invite farmers in the Whitewater River area to two open houses on April 4th and 7th to learn how they can get involved in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.
The Whitewater River area was selected as one of four pilots throughout the state to test and refine the program. This pilot area includes parts of Olmstead, Wabasha and Winona counties.
MDA and Whitewater River Project staff will provide a brief presentation on the program and demonstrate the assessment tool used to evaluate individual operations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and receive a free assessment of their farm.
The open houses will be held on Friday, April 4th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Community Room at City Hall and Monday April 7th, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Plainview American Legion.
No registration is required. Farmers with questions can contact Sheila Harmes, Whitewater River Project Coordinator, at 507-523-2171.
Farmers can also contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District office in Olmstead, Wabasha or Winona counties.